In Ancient Egypt the Cat was revered and worshipped. Here in modern times the Cat is seen as an independent animal, slightly mysterious and aloof, but willing to settle in any warm spot from a lap to a pool of sunshine given the appropriate amount of patience, petting or treats. Quite who is in charge is sometimes difficult to fathom. In this volume our greatest wordsmiths do indeed wax lyrical about Cats and Kittens, Lions and Tigers, Panthers and other members of the feline family. From Shelley to Wordsworth, Yeats to Dickinson they all took time out to place on record their thoughts on one of our best loved animals.